The Thames Beater: How Neolithic weapons were made to kill with one strike


Blackleaf
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A weapon used by Neolithic people could kill with one blow, according to a new study which used forensic detection methods to recreate violence from the period.

Experts created a replica of a 5,500-year-old wooden club to inflict damage to a synthetic human skull.

They found the so-called Thames Beater, pulled out of waterlogged soil on the north bank of the River Thames, would have made a lethal tool in the hands of its wielder.

How Neolithic weapons were made to kill with one strike: Study of 5,500-year-old wooden club suggest it was used as a lethal tool


Experts used tools normally employed to analyse the impact of gun shots

They found wooden weapons like the Thames Beater would have been lethal

It could have inflicted damage found on bodies buried during the Neolithic era

One fracture pattern mirrored damage to a skull from a 5200 BC massacre site


By Tim Collins For Mailonline
11 December 2017

A weapon used by Neolithic people could kill with one blow, according to a new study which used forensic detection methods to recreate violence from the period.

Experts created a replica of a 5,500-year-old wooden club to inflict damage to a synthetic human skull.

They found the so-called Thames Beater, pulled out of waterlogged soil on the north bank of the River Thames, would have made a lethal tool in the hands of its wielder.


Thames Beater: A weapon used by Neolithic people could kill with one blow, according to a new study which used forensic detection methods to study violence during the period. Experts created a replica of a 5,500-year-old wooden club to inflict damage to a synthetic human skull

Archaeologists from the University of Edinburgh used tools normally employed to analyse the impact of gunshots.

These skull substitutes are made of a rubber skin wrapped around a polyurethane, bone-like shell, which is filled with gelatin to simulate the brain.

The Thames Beater has been carbon dated to roughly 3530 to 3340 BC and is housed in the Museum of London.

The Edinburgh team wanted to test whether the cricket bat-like paddle could have been used to inflict the kind of damage found on bodies buried in Western and Central Europe during the Neolithic era.

While metal weapons, including swords and daggers, survive from later periods like the Bronze Age, earlier wooden weapons are less likely to survive the ravages of time.

One fracture pattern observed by the team mirrored damage to a skull from a 5200 BC massacre site called Asparn/Schletz in Austria.

Experts have previously suggested that wooden clubs might have been used as weapons in the battle.

Speaking to Live Science, Meaghan Dyer, PhD candidate at the university, said: 'No one was trying to identify why there was blunt-force trauma in the period.

'We realised we needed to start looking at weapons.

'We wanted to see if we could come up with a really efficient method to determine which tools could be used as weapons.


They found the so-called Thames Beater, pulled out of waterlogged soil on the north bank of the River Thames, would have made a lethal tool in the hands of its wielder



Archaeologists from the University of Edinburgh used tools normally employed to analyse the impact of gun shots. These skull substitutes are made of of a rubber skin wrapped around a polyurethane, bone-like shell, which is filled with gelatin to simulate the brain


'We didn't go out aiming to replicate a particular injury, and when we got that fracture pattern, we were quite excited.'

Experts believe that if they can link specific weapons to specific injuries, they can start to reconstruct scenes of violence in the Neolithic era.

They think weapons like the Thames Beater would only have been used in instances when they wanted to kill their opponent.


The Thames Beater has been carbon dated to roughly 3530 to 3340 BC and is housed in the Museum of London. The Edinburgh team wanted to test whether the cricket bat-like paddle could have been used to inflict the kind of damage found on bodies buried during the Neolithic



One fracture pattern observed by the team mirrored damage to a skull from a 5200 BC massacre site called Asparn/Schletz in Austria. Experts have previously suggested that wooden clubs might have been used as weapons in the battle

Other types of weapons might have been used to inflict non-lethal head wounds.

Both types of weapon may have been used in raids, assaults, child killing and murder.

The team had also discovered that direct blows can result in fractures previously attributed to falls.

This could suggest that deaths put down to accidents may have in fact been the result of violence.

The full findings of the study were published in the journal Antiquity.

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Danbones
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Yes the violence on primitive cricket fields was astounding

fortunately after the invention of the "BALL", the players of "Skull Cricket" have darwinated themselves out.
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Yes the violence on primitive cricket fields was astounding

fortunately after the invention of the "BALL" the players of "death cricket" have darwinated themselves out.

You should see the violence going on right now - on and off the pitch - between Australia and England in the Ashes in Australia.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

You should see the violence going on right now - on and off the pitch - between Australia and England in the Ashes in Australia.

Neolithic Cricket Yobs, eh?
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Neolithic Cricket Yobs, eh?

Or "Australians" as they are more commonly known.
 
Curious Cdn
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Or "Australians" as they are more commonly known.

Are any of the Pommys still alive?
 
Danbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Blackleaf View Post

Or "Australians" as they are more commonly known.

Exactly: Who were previously primitive Britons


The Aussies at least still make those injuries in their aussie rules foot balls
You really got to hand it to the ones that get injured early in the game and continue to play on
 
Blackleaf
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Quote: Originally Posted by Danbones View Post

Exactly: Who were previously primitive Britons


The Aussies at least still make those injuries in their aussie rules foot balls
You really got to hand it to the ones that get injured early in the game and continue to play on

Aussies are those Brits who got caught.

Quote: Originally Posted by Curious Cdn View Post

Are any of the Pommys still alive?

Jonny Bairstow is. He headbutted Cameron Bancroft in a Perth bar.
 
avro25
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Blackleaf the pedo.
 

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